Hank Aaron is rooting for Alex Rodriguez


The Hammer was asked about Alex Rodriguez. His response, in Newsday:

“I am rooting for him,” Aaron, 81, said Monday. “Despite all of the things that people say he had been involved in, I’m rooting for him to come back and have a great year. I am very much anxious to see what he’s going to do . . . I’ve met A-Rod, and to be honest, between him and me, he’s been nothing but a friend to me. I liked him.”

Aaron went on to note that, yeah, after a year off it’ll be hard for Rodriguez this season. He also talked about what it’s like to have PED guys like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez at or near the top of the home run list alongside of him:

“I’m not sitting here saying the reason that a lot of these guys are breaking records are because of steroids. I can’t say that because I’m not God. I don’t know [if] they’ve been in steroids, I can’t say that. The only thing I can say is I wish them well and that they do the best they can. They have to live and meet their own maker, not me.”

Imagine: wishing someone well, even if they have acted poorly. And not standing in public judgment regarding the manner in which they acted. How generous of spirit. How empathetic in nature.

How utterly rare.